The New Orleans Saints need to find the money to retain safety Marcus Williams. He should be the more important defensive star on the upcoming free agency market. Both Williams and breakout defensive end Trey Hendrickson will be available for other teams.
After losing Vonn Bell to Cincinnati last offseason, the Saints brought in former draft pick Malcolm Jenkins to fill his spot. Williams and Jenkins were an elite duo in the secondary. Williams is the long-term star though.
The 24-year-old recorded 59 tackles and 3 interceptions last season. His three interceptions were tied for 16th in the NFL. Still, with a ton of room to grow, the Saints need to find a way to retain Williams, but it’s doubtful, to say the least.
“Williams is infamous for the Minneapolis Miracle, which is a shame because he’s been a great player for the Saints on the back end. New Orleans brought their 2009 first-round pick, Malcolm Jenkins, back to the bayou this offseason, which could be a sign that they are preparing for the departure of Williams,” Pro Football Focus wrote on Williams.
They also suggested he signs for over $14 million per year. That would be tough for the Saints to match, but given his success and the team’s success over the last four years, they could be hopeful Williams sticks around to play with the elite core.